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Apple Pull-Apart Bread

 Apple Pull-Apart Bread
For a fun sweet treat that's certain to satisfy, try this recipe. Drizzled with icing, each finger-licking piece has a yummy surprise filling of apples and pecans. It's well worth the bit of extra effort. -Carolyn Gregory, Hendersonville, Tennessee
16 ServingsPrep: 40 min. + rising Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 4-1/2 teaspoons hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in milk. Add 2 tablespoons butter,
  • egg, 2 tablespoons sugar, salt and 3 cups flour; beat until smooth.
  • Add enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough. Turn onto a
  • floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place
  • in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in
  • a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Combine the apple, pecans, cinnamon and remaining sugar; set aside.
  • Punch dough down; divide in half. Cut each half into 16 pieces. On a
  • lightly floured surface, pat or roll out each piece into a 2-1/2-in.

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Apple Pull-Apart Bread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • circle. Place 1 teaspoon apple mixture in center of circle; pinch
  • edges together and seal, forming a ball. Dip in remaining butter.
  • In a greased 10-in. tube pan, place 16 balls, seam side down;
  • sprinkle with 1/4 cup apple mixture. Layer remaining balls; sprinkle
  • with remaining apple mixture. Cover and let rise until nearly
  • doubled, about 45 minutes.
  • Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10
  • minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack. Combine icing ingredients;
  • drizzle over warm bread. Yield: 1 loaf.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 248 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 218 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.